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>> good afternoon and welcome to the september 27, 2012 meeting of the joint meeting of the san francisco board of education and the san francisco board of supervisors. the city and school district select committee. my name is david campos and i am the chair of the committee. madam secretary, if you can please take the roll? before we do that i wanted to thank the following members of
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sfgtv staff who are covering the meeting today. mark bunch and bill dylan. madam secretary. >> did you want me to read the first item? >> roll call. >> roll call. we haven't had one. supervisor campos? >> present. >> supervisor olague? >> here. >> thank you. supervisor chu? >> he's in route. >> [speaker not understood]? >> here. >> [speaker not understood]? >> and commissioner mendosa. >> here. >> thank you very much. madam secretary, if you can please call item number 1. >> thank you, supervisor. it's item 120 3 93, hearing on the student drop out rates as introduced by supervisor cohen. >> this is an item that has been introduced by supervisor cohen. before i turn it over to supervisor cohen, i want to thank her for being here. i just wanted to sort of just make a quick note about these items, number of issues that we'll be discussing.
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you know, my experience having been on the other end at some point having been an employee of the san francisco unified school district, my hope and my intent as we tackle some very difficult issues which impact all of us is that we do so in the spirit of how do we work together as a city and as a school district to address these issues. i know that in the past some folks on the school district end had felt the prior discussion that has taken place in this committee has been about pointing fingers, and i really think that while it's important for all of us to be accountable, that the goal here is to figure out solutions for these very complicated issues. so, it is in that spirit that i hope we have this discussion. so, with that, i turn it over to my colleague, supervisor cohen. >> thank you very much. good afternoon, everyone. it's nice to see you. i thank you for hearing this item today. both supervisor olague and i
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express concern and desire of to better coordinate the work being done by the school district and other school -- excuse me, and other city departments, to support and -- to support and increase african-american students achievement and prevent students from not completing high school. originally i introduced the hearing that looked specifically at the drop out rates at marshal, thurgood marshall and burton high school both of which have a number of students from the southeastern neighborhoods. in particular i want to do better, in particular i want to have a better understanding of how the school district tracks high school drop-out rates and how those at thurgood marshall and burton high school compare with other schools throughout the city. now, collectively we as a city and as a school district and more importantly as a community, we need to do better to ensure that the academic success of all of our students, particularly those coming from vulnerable communities who we see time and time again disproportionately struggling
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in our public schools. and i'm looking to the school board members to decrease that struggle. i'm hoping this hearing will yield a creative solutions and tangible steps that we can begin to take to subsequently address these challenges. i believe that these two hearing items share many common things and i look forward to the presentations today. thank you, mr. chair. >> thank you. thank you, supervisor cohen. and i was remiss for noting the following. unless there is any objection, if it's okay with my colleagues, to combine items 1 and 2. so, if i could ask the secretary to also call item 2. >> thank you, supervisor. item 120 6 28, hearing on the african-american student achievement strategies. >> and again, item 2 is a hearing that has been requested by supervisor olague as well as supervisor cohen and myself. so, supervisor olague, if you would like to make any opening remarks. >> first of all, i'd like to thank you all for attending
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this very important hearing. as i am sure we are all in agreement that our children all deserve the right to a good education and all the opportunities that follow, it is a major priority for our office to see that our communities of color graduate and are afforded every opportunity to reach their full potential. i think i can safely say that's what we all collectively want for every person in our society. that is why the african-american student achievement gap is truly disturbing and a very important discussion to be having, and i especially want to thank ms. cheryl davis from mo magic and from the human rights commission for asking us to host this hearing today. and obviously for supervisors campos and cohen for co-sponsoring.
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today in advance, i'll let you know who will be speaking to this. we will have opening remarks from cheryl davis, guadalupe guerrero will present from the school district and share with us the status and the current initiatives, followed by max roach a from dcyf to speak to the programs they fund to support academic achievement, and then finally we will wrap up with neva walker from coleman advocates to speak to their research on the a to g requirements. so, that's kind of the line up. >> great. unless there is any objection, if we can then begin the presentations. and, ms. davis? >> hello, everyone. let me just first formally thank all of you for being here and then for actually moving forward with the hearing. and i do want to echo
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supervisor campos' comments that this really isn't about finger pointing. this is really about how we come together to look at what the issues are and we work together to do that. so, i just -- i'm going to go really quickly because i did want to have -- david, i think we passed out some reports of things that david has combined or compiled from the human rights commission. and i wanted to kind of set the tone for why i made this request. on the human rights commission we have been doing some work around the outmigration of african americans. and i think to some degree we've had this kind of what came first. did people start leaving first or did things start to go wrong and that's why people made the decision to leave, and how do we begin to address that. and over the years there has been the unfinished agenda, which there is some information in the packet about. the african-american outmigration task force was convened under then mayor newsome and there have been all
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these conversations. and one of the things that continues throughout that is this idea of the achievement gap and what's going on. and for a city that used to at one point in time have over 25% african-americans to now be looking at less than 6% as a population, we really need to start looking at what's going on and what that looks like. so, i did want to share with you some of the things that the human rights commission has been doing over the last year to begin to look at that. not just in regards to the academic piece, but also by and large what is going on with african americans and what that looks like. so, one of the first things we did earlier this year was to convene a group that was self-selected, people were allowed to participate in that. the african-american leadership council was meeting once a month and that group came together and developed some goals and strategies of things that they'd like to see. one of the first things that the group did, which i will leave with you all, is they
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created a tracking tool because, basically as i mentioned, there have been dozens of reports. there have been tons of findings. and the problem was that people said we don't want another report. why don't we look at all the reports that have been done and let's see what kind of implementation has been done, what's been happening with that. so, the group created a tracking tool. and basically when you look at these pages, these are all of the recommendations that have come out of every report that we know of. and we're starting to look at what has actually been done in this department and that department and whether there has been any action. so, it's something that if you wanted to look specifically at education, you could look at the education recommendations and see what was done or not done. we created subcommittees within that and the subcommittees each came up with their own goals. and, so, the education subcommittee, i'll just tell you really quickly, they wanted more academic support funding. they wanted more round credit recovery, develop an outreach